But I can't pay myself...
"Plogging" is apparently a trend that started in Scandinavia somewhere, people picking up trash as they work out. Multi-tasking, good will, an attempt to help clean up the environment, all these modern elements combined
When I lived in Europe, the city streets were pretty clean, maybe Scandinavia is pretty trash-ridden? i was under the impression someone cleaned the streets for a living
But the inherent cleanliness of the European peoples ( as compared to filthy American cities for instance) is beside the point. Anyone can think of picking up trash as they go for a walk or a jog ( I thought of it all by myself and started doing it many years ago, I must be a genius, and continue to do so to this day), but since the fate of everything is to become a commodified trend and it can no longer be considered just an organic behavior someone might exhibit spontaneously sometime, I missed the boat on becoming famous on that one.
Plog away maties, being all for the DIY lifestyle myself, but the question burningly remains - shouldn't someone get paid to do this? And why should economically better off people do this for free, and for fun?
I refuse to use a self check out
I will dutifully wait in a long ass line even if the self check out is empty and free, if a human being is gonna check me out
Other people clearly have the same preference, or else I wouldn't be in a line that's long-ass
And as I see these meaningless, embarrassing machines standing justifiably alone, I think to myself: "Didn't someone used to get paid to do this?"
Because while there are still human cashiers in the stores I frequent, there are fewer of them, replaced by these asshole machines
So, someone lost their living when they were replaced, and to add insult to the injury of humanity, I am expected to do this person's work now FOR FREE
Because the machine didn't really replace the human cashier. That's the sneaky part - the human cashier always used a machine to check out your items, but they also scanned and bagged your items. Now YOU scan and bag the items AND use the machine to tabulate how much you owe
So YOU replaced the human cashier
Folklore tells us that people used to be employed as gas station attendants
Someone would come out and fill your tank, check your oil, maybe clean the windows, as you sat leisurely in your car
A few states in our union still maintain that you can't pump your own gas (New Jersey) , and some have recently got rid of this stuffy old rule (Oregon)
So someone used to make living doing this, and now you have to do it for the gas station for free
And I think to myself: "what a wonder..."
I think: "Didn't someone used to get paid to do this?"
The Writers. Who grew up in the dark woods of Lake County